Our new eye examination structure from 1st June 2018;.
Eye examinations in the past have mainly been about having your prescription checked. However, the rapid advancements in technology has brought about big changes in the optometry field, namely the retinal photography (essential for diagnosing glaucoma and age-related macula degeneration) and visual fields screening (for overall peripheral vision checking).
We now believe a “complete eye check” will not be complete without these two essential pieces of tech and hence from 1st June 2018, all patients coming in for a comprehensive exam will be required to have the standard eye examination (medicare bulk billed) as well as a retinal photography and visual field screening. The gap payment for the additional testing will be $50 but you will also receive a $50 voucher to spend in-store for your glasses or sunglasses!
So a complete eye examination includes;
Standard Eye Test + Retinal Photography + Visual Field Screening
This includes the standard eye test that is bulk billed for eligible Medicare card holders. It involves identifying everyday issues with your vision and includes professional advice on your basic eye health. The package also includes Retinal Photography and Visual Field Screening, both of which are important tools that help optometrists detect serious eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and changes associated with diabetes and high blood pressure.
Gap Payment: $50* for eligible Medicare card holders
* Patients who undergo Complete Eye Test Package are eligible to receive $50 voucher to spend in store for glasses and sunglasses.
Why why why???
Question: Why is there a gap payment of $50? I have never paid for my eye test?
Answer: We believe in providing the best possible care for your eyes and unfortunately, Medicare rebates cannot keep up with the technological advancements in eyecare. Retinal photography gives us a much broader view of the retina and visual fields screenings rules out any possible peripheral vision issues. This is just like going to see your GP for a general health check and being asked to do a blood test, the difference being; Medicare rebates for eye examinations has not kept up with the times. That is why we charge the minimal gap payment of $50 for these extra tests and rebate it back to you through a $50 voucher to use in store.
Question: Will there be any discounts for concession card holders and kids?
Answer: Of course! For all centrelink concession card holders and kids below 18, we’ll do the additional tests free of charge, although naturally there won’t be a voucher in the end. Naturally.
Question: Do I have to do the complete eye test package? Can’t I just get my prescription checked?
Answer: You can definitely have your prescription tested but that really isn’t the complete story. Big optometry chain stores do a quick 5 minute check-up in order to sell you glasses, however, there’s countless times when customers come in asking for a quick test and we end up finding glaucoma or macula degeneration or even cancer! That is why we no longer feel comfortable with doing just a basic eye test and bypassing the time for a quality eye test.